Learning to pay attention

I have been writing this note for almost 2 months now and I’ve struggled because it’s quite emotionally charged for me. But now that Alinea 1.0 is closing, I feel it is necessary to close this chapter and get ready for the next one. Since I transitioned from the morning crew to service, I’ve been […]

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Fresno curls

The major lesson I learned this week happened while I was making Fresno curls. They are pepper skins that are made to curl with iced water. Over the last week I was showed how to do it many times but for some reason mine just never curled. Because of this, a trivial 10 minute task […]

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Are you ready to run?

Chef Dan: What’s your deal are you staying? Me: Uhh…… yeah? Chef Dan: You see how crazy it is hunh? Next week you better come running. Me: Yes chef see you on Wednesday. My first week at 1723 is over. The conversation I had with most of the cooks in the kitchen went similar to […]

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1723 N Halsted

My 2 day stage is over, but I’m going in for a 3rd day tomorrow… well today. The last 2 days have been the hardest of my life both physically and mentally. I can say with all certainty that I was unaware of the fact that food could be produced at this level. It’s no longer […]

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